It’s been a few since the launch of Apex Legends, and players have been anxiously waiting for Respawn to deploy the battle pass. Like many other battle royale games, Apex Legends will add a season-based battle pass featuring cosmetic items. The pass was rumored to release on March 12th, but it was reportedly delayed. At the same time, an exploit was discovered which allowed players to obtain 1000 Apex Coins for free. Consequently, players began theorizing that the battle pass delay was linked to the exploit.
Apex Coins Exploit
The entire situation began when players found a way to get their hands on a month of free EA Access. Doing so would reward them with 1000 Apex Coins and a free Flatline weapon skin. All of this occurred days before the rumored March 12th launch date of the battle pass, which allegedly costs 950 Apex Coins.
So it’s fairly obvious that the unfortunate timing of this bug potentially could’ve cost EA millions in lost revenue. Therefore, it makes sense that the company decided to delay the launch of the battle pass.
Although this is all just speculation, there are several signs that suggest this is what happened. As evident by the Origin store leak, the battle pass launch was actually scheduled for March 12th, but was delayed at the last minute.
This isn’t Apex Legends’ first run-in with a revenue-damaging exploit. A few weeks ago, an exploit allowed players to unlock five Apex Packs and a Legendary character skin for free. Similarly, releasing the battle pass without fixing the free Apex Coins exploit would’ve yielded catastrophic results. As a result, we can’t really blame the developers for being cautious.
Respawn have yet to comment on the matter, and their most recent statement clarified the confusion caused by the “unintentional update about Season 1”. Hopefully, the exploit is patched soon so the season one pf Apex Legends can begin.